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Grateful Dead Live at Radio City Music Hall on 1980-10-27


Topics Live concert


The Race is On, I've Been All Around This World, Monkey & The Engineer, To Lay Me Down, Heaven Help The Fool, Rosalie McFall, On The Road Again, Bird Song-> Ripple Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Friend Of The Devil, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Passenger, Row Jimmy, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Truckin'-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> I Need A Miracle-> Bertha-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Casey Jones


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Radio City Music Hall
Location NYC, NY

Source Audience Recording: Sennheiser 441
Lineage senn. 441 > d-5 center lower balcony several rows back
Taped by Jim Wise
Transferred by Jim Wise


Notes

senn. 441 > d-5 center lower balcony several rows back; playback on
nak dragon & ran the signal right through sony pcm r-700 directly to
hard disc via za2; no other processing apart form minor editing and normalization;
recording, transfer by J. Wise; EAC> SHN by R. Donnelly> CD > SHN by M.
Lai; known flaw: some sporadic wow & flutter (mainly on elec#1); Donnelly's
4/00 original shns may not have gotten mirrored from stellablue before a loss-
5/00 reextraction (md5s shown) by M. Lai

Reviews

Reviewer: sdesmond - - October 27, 2014
Subject: The sound of this recording is Awesome !
It's such a nice, clear, crisp sounding recording that it makes the show itself that much more enjoyable.

Thanks for sharing this version !
Reviewer: humboldtlightning - - September 18, 2013
Subject: jamaican spliff in the back of the floor
This was a cool show to attend. I lucked out on these tickets having walked by the Radio City box office a few weeks earlier, despite the word they were sold out, tickets were available. The first set was truly a treat as the band seemed in fine form and very comfortable playing to the room. What a treat walking the red carpeted halls, ordering cocktails, vs the usual east coast caverns. And then the giant, shopping bag sized spleef winding its way through the aisles made it's way to me and my lungs will never be the same. The first electric set felt tame to start. A high point for me was the Peggy-O/Row Jimmy phase. By then I had worked my way down center aisle left to be in the zone and by god the sound was impeccable and the band sounded tight. Second set, while played well, was missing the open spaces and exploration I preferred from a second set, but I dug the rock and roll, and the house was shaking as the set rolled to a close, This tape captures the show extremely well and I give it the HumboldtLightning seal of approval. 3 stars for the electric plus 1 bonus for the acoustic treat.
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - - August 5, 2007
Subject: Reckoning
Monkey & the Engineer is from the Reckoning album, probally why there is no SBD circulating on the Archive for this show. Great recording, though I am having some problem picking out any bass on the Acoustic set. Four stars for a very historic set of Acoustic shows, which thankfully for these Senns, we can enjoy.
A real treat to hear songs like Birdsong and To Lay Me Down redefined...
Reviewer: Sugar23ee - - July 7, 2007
Subject: Just close your eyes
An almost perfect Peggy-o, just listen.
Reviewer: 12 Joshua - - October 5, 2006
Subject: Ahhh...Sennheiser 441's
My friend in the 80's used to record with these mic's and I love em. The 441's make fantastic recordings that can really capture the music as it sounded in the room and this recording is a fine example. Great range from lowend to highend - the taper pushed the head room perhaps too far but riding that edge can harvest fine results without alot of hiss, found here. The 441's have only one drawback their scope is pretty wide which picks up audience noise easily. So the acoustic set has alot of crowd distractions. (it is hard to find any audience rec. of these 80's acoustic sets that don't and this is significantly one of the better ones). Where this performance and this recording really begin to shine is in the electric portion of the show esp. the second set. The Truckin' kicks the set off nicely and pumps in some great energy into this fantastic Scarlet>Fire. For me, the jewel of the night comes with the Space>Warf Rat. A powerfully played WF great vocals by all, esp. Jerry. Versions like this is where I really miss ya Jer.

4.5 stars for the almost perfect recording.
Reviewer: MIDIfied - - August 1, 2006
Subject: Excellent aud
Another amazing sounding recording. The acoustic set is crisp and clear, featuring high energy playing throughout. And as it is known to usually do, the Scarlet->Fire rips. Enjoy
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - October 17, 2005
Subject: What a night
I bought windowpane out in front and we went to an Indian Place and listened to some guy play the sitar for a while. It was a beautiful crisp fall evening almost 25 years ago - hard to believe! Well the show was really really good and they had this huge spiral staircase everyone was sprawled all over in between sets - Up till then the wildest thing management had seen there were the Rockettes and in come 3000+ acid fueled wackos (present company included)interacting with all the suits - It was like two huge rivers coming together. The whole show was good and the Minglewood does kick ass, Scarlet>Fire the whole set II is great. In the background they showed a cool slide show throughout the show each night was different.
Reviewer: ouijee - - June 26, 2005
Subject: Awesome Show
The sound of this show is bright and up front, and the crowd noise is just about right. Stellar versions of Heaven Help the Fool and Birdsong acoustic. The best Minglewood I'd ever heard and a great Wharf Rat. Radio City was a great venue and the scene here was just incredible. Thanks for posting it!
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - - September 7, 2004
Subject: a defining run
one of the most defining runs for me personally is this october, 1980 radio city period... blows me away every time...good setlist and sound...love the tempo, some of my fav versions/songs.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - August 17, 2004
Subject: This was the only radio city show I made it to
I thought this was hot it was a nice night first set was solid as was the acoustic but was not bowled over by this show maybe because I was with someone not that into the dead - vibewise this was a great place to see shows and watching all the suits marveling at the thousands of heads spilled out all over 6th avenue made it all worthwhile.... excellent deal truckin scarlet fire and the rest of set III sizzles... show stands the test of time....
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